even in chaos there is profit
By pa360, Dec 30 2014 07:49PM
I was speaking to a dear friend of mine before Christmas and she mentioned that several of the colleagues in her team were keen to take a voluntary redundancy package that is currently being offered by our mutual employer. It transpires that several of her colleagues had reached the point where "they had had enough" and thought that their careers and interests would be better served by looking for pastures new.
To be honest, I always find it slightly troubling whenever people express the desire to "get out" at all costs or when a belief begins to gather currency that the grass must be greener on the other side. I know from personal experience, very early on in my career, that to act in haste is to repent at leisure.
Strange as it may sound, it is at a time of chaos, upheaval and uncertainty that leaders, innovators and problem- solvers emerge. I am reminded of a quote from Winston Churchill who noted that: "a pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, whilst an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty". Looking behind that quote, there is an even more powerful message, which is that character is forged, not during good times, but rather during times of great adversity. Former US President Richard Nixon, in his final speech before leaving the Whitehouse described it this way: "Greatness comes not when things always go good for you. Greatness comes when you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes; because only when you have been in the deepest valley will you know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain".
Pain is called pain for a reason. It is something to be endured not enjoyed. However, that which tests the limits of our endurance can also help us to become resilient and discover strengths and capabilities that we would not have discovered otherwise. Resilience is evidence of strong character and strong character is evidence of a strong personal brand.
Greatness is called greatness for a reason too - because even in chaos there is profit.